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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Dark Eyes

Read "Dark Eyes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As a trumpeter, Tomasz Stanko clearly owes a debt to Miles Davis; yet, after four decades making some of the most arresting small ensemble jazz music in Europe, the Polish veteran perhaps deserves to be considered in the same category as the iconic legend. As a trumpeter, composer and leader, Stanko has few peers, past or ...


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Tomasz Stanko: Lontano and Levitation

Read "Tomasz Stanko: Lontano and Levitation" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Tomasz Stańko Quartet Lontano ECM Records 2006 Mark O'Leary/Tomasz Stańko/Billy Hart Levitation Leo Records 2005 For more than four decades, Tomasz Stanko's trumpet has been a voice ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

Read "Lontano" reviewed by Edward Zucker

Perfect chemistry should not be disturbed, and Tomasz Stanko and ECM reprise their winning combination on Lontano. This is the third ECM release with Stanko and his regular trio of pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz. As with the previous two releases, this disc features variations of a tune, in this case ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

Read "Lontano" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Can a recording be appreciated or understood without knowing the full history of the performer? The answer is, of course, yes and no. In this case, yes, the music on Lontano creates a coherent sound world, has an artistic point of view and many levels, and thus is well worth repeated listens. But no, you'll be ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

Read "Lontano" reviewed by Chris May

The Beatles got it wrong. When you're 64, Lennon & McCartney predicted, you'll be ready for the knackers yard. But the lovable moptops were only in their twenties then, like Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, and each had already changed the shape of things, the Beatles with “She Loves You" (1963), Stanko on Astigmatic (1965). It was ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

Read "Lontano" reviewed by John Kelman

Other bands have been around for longer than Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko's current quartet, but few have exhibited such palpable growth in so little time. While Suspended Night (ECM, 2004) showed considerable development from the quartet's first release, Soul of Things (ECM, 2002), Lontano represents a major shift towards free playing that these albums only hinted ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Suspended Night

Read "Suspended Night" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Now this is what a ballad album is all about.Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko turns in one of the finest efforts of his four-decade career with Suspended Night, an album that can only be described as haunting and gorgeous. It is one of those rare discs able to reach any level of listener, from casual ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Soul of Things

Read "Soul of Things" reviewed by Geoff Barber

The Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has been busy making music for many years. He began his career on the forefront of the European free jazz movement in the ‘60s. While he has made many fine albums since then, most of his notoriety has come in the past few years. Since joining ECM, Stanko has ...


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Soul of Things

Read "Soul of Things" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Like a vintage wine that gets better with age, 60 year old Tomasz Stanko from Poland is the epitome that proves that jazz just gets better and better. With a rich and dark tone that is reminiscent of many great horn players, especially Miles Davis; Stanko forges ahead with grace and power that is fiery yet ...


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